Fiddler on the Roof - National Tour

The musical that raises its cup to joy! To love! To life!

Sarah Sesler on Finding Sisterhood on Tour in Fiddler on the Roof

In Fiddler on the Roof, Tevye’s daughters experience happiness, love, and the struggles of growing up together. The characters’ bond is what makes songs like “Matchmaker, Matchmaker” classic, but for Sarah Sesler who plays Hodel, the kinship continues offstage. Sesler talked to about gaining siblings on the national tour, which arrives in Indianapolis from March 6 through March 11, as well as living her lifelong stage dream.

“I have been an only child for my entire life, so being on stage during 'Matchmaker, Matchmaker' gives me the opportunity to experience that sisterly love that I never had,” Sesler said. “I get along really well with all my stage sisters and I couldn't be happier when we perform the scene together side by side. We've been doing it for so long now that even offstage we are able to finish each others' sentences.”

The bond of sisterhood isn’t the only dream the tour of Fiddler has fulfilled for Sesler. “Hodel has been a dream role of mine since I was very young. I have done Fiddler a few times before and I always looked up to the actresses playing Hodel,” she said. “Backstage, I would lip sync to ‘Far From the Home I Love" while it was happening on stage. I told my parents that I would be Hodel one day and sing that classic song. Here I am!”

Based on the stories of Sholom Aleichem, Fiddler on the Roof takes place in Anatevka, a village in Tsarist Russia during the eve of the revolution. Tevye is a poor milkman who cares for his five daughters. While he and the rest of the elders in the village are deeply routed in tradition, his daughters’ forward thinking clashes with Tevye’s principles and causes a rift in the family. The score by Jerry Bock and Sheldon Harnick features the songs “Matchmaker, Matchmaker,” “If I Were A Rich Man” and “Sunrise, Sunset.”


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